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Macro Insights from the Brookings Panel

Today, I’m off at the spring meeting of the Brookings Panel on Economic Activity.  And for any serious student of the economy, it’s a great line-up of papers.  (Full disclosure: David Romer and I are the editors.  We commissioned the papers, so of course we love ‘em.)
Rather than write about the papers, I figured it might make more sense to just chat about the key findings, here:

Want to see more?  The full set of papers are available here.  And all of them are relevant to today’s ongoing macroeconomic debates:
The highlights:
*   Annamaria Lusardi, Daniel Schneider and Peter Tufano on Household Financial Fragility
*   Eric Swanson on Operation Twist: Quantitative Easing in the 1960s
*   Greg Mankiw and Matt Weinzierl on Optimal Stabilization Policy
*   Larry Ball and Sandeep Mazumder on Inflation During the Great Recession
*   Michael Burda and Jenny Hunt, Explaining the German Labor Market Miracle
*   Alan Krueger and Andreas Mueller on Job Search and Well-being during Unemployment Spells